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S. 2280: Appalachian Regional Energy Hub Initiative Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2280

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 25, 2019

(for herself and Mr. McConnell) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To amend title 40, United States Code, to establish an Appalachian regional energy hub initiative, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Appalachian Regional Energy Hub Initiative Act.

2.

Appalachian regional energy hub

(a)

Appalachian regional energy hub initiative

(1)

In general

Subchapter I of chapter 145 of subtitle IV of title 40, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

14511.

Appalachian regional energy hub initiative

(a)

In general

The Appalachian Regional Commission may provide technical assistance to, make grants to, enter into contracts with, or otherwise provide amounts to individuals or entities in the Appalachian region for projects and activities—

(1)

to conduct research and analysis regarding the economic impact of an ethane storage hub in the Appalachian region that supports a more-effective energy market performance due to the scale of the project, such as a project with the capacity to store and distribute more than 100,000 barrels per day of hydrocarbon feedstock with a minimum gross heating value of 1,700 Btu per standard cubic foot;

(2)

with the potential to significantly contribute to the economic resilience of the area in which the project is located; and

(3)

that will help establish a regional energy hub in the Appalachian region for natural gas and natural gas liquids, including storage and associated pipelines.

(b)

Limitation on available amounts

Of the cost of any activity eligible for a grant under this section—

(1)

not more than 50 percent may be provided from amounts made available to carry out this section;

(2)

in the case of a project to be carried out in a county for which a distressed county designation is in effect under section 14526, not more than 80 percent may be provided from amounts made available to carry out this section; and

(3)

in the case of a project to be carried out in a county for which an at-risk county designation is in effect under section 14526, not more than 70 percent may be provided from amounts made available to carry out this section.

(c)

Sources of assistance

Subject to subsection (b), a grant provided under this section may be provided from amounts made available to carry out this section, in combination with amounts made available—

(1)

under any other Federal program; or

(2)

from any other source.

(d)

Federal share

Notwithstanding any provision of law limiting the Federal share under any other Federal program, amounts made available to carry out this section may be used to increase that Federal share, as the Appalachian Regional Commission determines to be appropriate.

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(2)

Clerical amendment

The analysis for subchapter I of chapter 145 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 14510 the following:

14511. Appalachian regional energy hub initiative.

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(b)

Authorizations

Section 14703 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections (e) and (f), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (c) the following:

(d)

Appalachian regional energy hub initiative

Of the amounts made available under subsection (a), $5,000,000 shall be used to carry out section 14511 for each fiscal year.

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